Strange will vote to repeal Obamacare without replacement

July 19, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

While the US House of Representatives was able to pass their bill to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (better known as Obamacare), the Senate rejected that bill and insisted on writing its own bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act.  By Monday night it had become obvious to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) that he did not have the votes to pass that bill.  McConnell says that the Senate will vote on a bill to simply repeal Obamacare with no replacement early next week.
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We all need a Summer of Revival

June 7, 2017

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama needs a vibrant two-party system. In truth, it has never had one in modern times.

Democrats controlled the State for a long time, with Republicans holding only a few offices. Then, in 2010, Republicans swept into control, with a supermajority in both houses of the Legislature and winning every statewide office. It has been that way ever since.

I’m not a Democrat or Republican, and I vote for candidates in both parties. But I’m not trying to blow smoke, either. My politics certainly lean left, which means more often than not I identify more with Democratic Party positions, especially on a national level.
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More fallout from the failure of Trumpcare/Ryancare

March 28, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, March 24, 2017, the Republican controlled House of Representatives failed to pass the American Health Care Act after promising supporters that political world is still trying to figure out what this means for healthcare and politics moving forward.

US Representative Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) supported the bill. On Monday, Congresswoman Roby emailed her constituents, “A lot has happened since I last emailed. You’ve probably been following the House of Representatives’ progress to repeal and replace Obamacare. Last week Republicans had a great opportunity to deliver on a promise we’ve made to the American people for seven years. I’m really disappointed that the American Health Care Act (ACHA) was withdrawn and that I did not have a chance to be a voice for the people I serve.”
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American Health Care Act withdrawn without a vote

March 27, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, March 25, 2017, the American Health Care Act was withdrawn from consideration after both the Whitehouse and the Speaker of the House’s office realized they did not have the votes for passage.

US Representative Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) expressed disappointment upon the withdrawal of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), and said this that legislative setback is a missed opportunity to deliver on a promise conservatives have made to the American people for seven years. Rep. Roby said in a statement, “The American people gave Republicans a tremendous opportunity to deliver results on their behalf. Our Republican majority’s failure to rally around this priority and keep good faith on the promise we made is disappointing to say the least.”
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What’s next for health care?

March 27, 2017
Bradley Byrne

By Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1)

Last week was a hectic and monumental week at the US Capitol. As we prepared to mark the 7th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, President Trump was pushing the House to pass his plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Known as the American Health Care Act, the bill would have repealed Obamacare, ended the government mandates, cut taxes, lowered premiums, reduced the deficit, and transferred control over health care from the federal government to the individual states.
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Bentley leads team to Washington to lobby for new Healthcare law

March 21, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, March 20, 2017, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) was joined by Speaker of the House Mac McCutcheon (R-Monrovia), State Senator Trip Pittman (R-Montrose), Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed (R-Jasper), State Medicaid Commissioner Stephanie Azar, and key aides in Washington DC. The team is in Washington hoping to influence the effort to repeal and replace the controversial Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, better known as Obamacare.
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Why Obamacare must go

March 20, 2017
Bradley Byrne

By Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1)

“In a death spiral.” Those are the words Mark Bertolini, CEO of Aetna, one of our nation’s largest insurance companies, used to describe the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

When I first ran for Congress in 2013, repealing and replacing Obamacare was a top priority. I introduced a bill to repeal the law, which passed the House but never reached the President’s desk. Unfortunately, with President Obama in the White House, our efforts never succeeded. Even when we finally got a repeal bill to the President’s desk, he vetoed it.
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Medicaid Chief paints dire picture

January 31, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Medicaid needs more money.

No, this isn’t a reprint of a news story from last fall. It’s the reality once again for the State’s beleaguered Medicaid office. A few months after requiring a special session to dig up $105 million in BP oil spill money to keep Medicaid afloat, the agency’s head told a budget committee on Monday that it needs an additional $44 million in 2017 to meet its needs. Read More

With Trump’s inauguration, many Alabamians wonder what happens after Obamacare repeal

January 20, 2017

Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

OPELIKA, Ala.—In Opelika, Alabama, there is a small office, tucked away on the second floor of a law practice along the small town’s main street. There’s no sign on the front door indicating its placement, and most wouldn’t know it’s there.

The office belongs to Hannah Duncan, a recent graduate of Auburn University who works as a health care navigator for EnrollAlabama, an organization that helps sign low- and middle-income Alabamians up for health insurance coverage through the federal health insurance exchange set up by President Barack Obama’s 2010 health care law.

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Alabamians wonder what happens after Obamacare is repealed

January 20, 2017

Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

OPELIKA — In Opelika, Alabama, there is a small office, tucked away on the second floor of a law practice along the small town’s main street. There’s no sign on the front door indicating its placement, and most wouldn’t know it’s there.

The office belongs to Hannah Duncan, a recent graduate of Auburn University who works as a health care navigator for EnrollAlabama, an organization that helps sign low- and middle-income Alabamians up for health insurance coverage through the federal health insurance exchange set up by President Barack Obama’s 2010 health care law.

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